Western Qualified Specialists

Our mental healthcare team consists of professionals educated, trained, and licensed in Germany and the United States. They have also met the rigorous demands for licensing set forth by the Center for Healthcare Planning and Quality (CPQ) in Dubai Healthcare City, Dubai.

Dr. Kowal earned his professional credentials of Medical Doctor, Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist and Family Medicine Specialist in Germany. To earn these designations, he completed 6 years of medical studies followed by 5 years of postgraduate studies in Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, and he did 5 additional years of postgraduate studies in Family Medicine. After being licensed as Consultant in Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Family Medicine, he continued his professional work for another 14 years in the distinguished role of Head of Psychiatry and Medical Director in Germany and later in Dubai.

Dr. Schonder earned her professional credentials in the United States.  She completed 4 years of undergraduate work in psychology, as well as 4 years of postgraduate work. During an additional 2-year postgraduate process that included over 2000 hours of supervised work, she earned her certification as Clinical Counselor. Later she continued her scientific studies and achieved the grade of Ph.D. She also completed a certification in Clinical Hypnotherapy in Newport Beach, CA and is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH). Parallel to providing mental health services, Dr. Schonder worked in higher education teaching psychology and sociology at Chapman University and Colleges on the East and West Coast of the US. She has 15 years of experience working in the mental health field. She joined CHMC in 2015.